THE school summer holiday may be extended by at least a MONTH because of swine flu.
Education chiefs will monitor increases in the spread of the virus and tell heads in late August.
Around 1,000 schools have already reported cases of the bug.
Among youngsters to have died are six-year-old Chloe Buckley. Her school, St Catherine Roman Catholic Primary in West Drayton, West London, was closed early for the summer break. Most schools broke up yesterday.
A planning document by the Department of Health suggests that if the current growth in cases continues there could be a peak in the pandemic in early September with up to a third of the population sick.
But Health Secretary Andy Burnham predicted cases could fall in the summer months, as kids stop mixing in class. There could then be a resurgence of the bug when schools reopen in the autumn.
The number of deaths linked to swine flu stands at 29, with no fatalities reported yesterday.
A statement from the Department for Children, Schools and Families said: "It is important to know what will happen at the start of the term.
"We expect that schools will reopen as usual, but at this time, we cannot be certain what the situation will be. We will need to monitor developments over the summer."
A BOY who died in Strood, Kent, did not have swine flu, health officials have confirmed.
He attended English Martyrs Roman Catholic Primary - not Sherwin Knight Infants as reported, which has not been hit by the bug. http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/2542555/Kids-in-four-week-pig-flu-holiday.html
I can understand why they might do this but also it would course lots of problems for people who need to go to work & cant get the time off as they already had time off over the 6 weeks hols.
Im hoping swine flu may of slowed down by September but i cant see it happening